Definition of spacecraft
: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere
Recent Examples of spacecraft from the Web
Grissom, the second American in space, was killed in 1967 with two other astronauts when a fire broke out in their spacecraft during a practice launch.
As a result, Huntsville is the location of NASA’s largest spacecraft research facility, the Marshall Space Flight Center.
The 10 launched Sunday were released into a different plane, part of a complex process to replace the older spacecraft in a satellite-by-satellite fashion to avoid any network interruptions.
Apogee’s visual effects are highlighted by a preposterously massive spacecraft, giving the film a soaringly silly, opening scene send-off.
That’s because the probe orbits the sun, and distant planetary systems ordinarily need to be aligned just right so that planets pass between their stars and the spacecraft.
Hunan Governor Xu Dazhe previously helped run a manufacturer of spacecraft and missile systems.
To find them, the spacecraft will be equipped with 26 telescopes, each 12 centimeters in diameter, which can continuously monitor about 50% of the sky.
So in 2015, researchers sent a set of the worms, some whole and some amputated, to the space station on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.
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First Known Use of spacecraft
SPACECRAFT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spacecraft for English Language Learners
: a vehicle that is used for travel in outer space
SPACECRAFT Defined for Kids
Definition of spacecraft for Students
: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere
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